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Book Awards

The Breadwinner, by Deborah Ellis (Groundwood Books, 2002) was the winner in the literature category. Set in Afghanistan in the mid 1990s, much of the story takes place in the small apartment where a young girl named Parvana lives with her family, and in the marketplace where her father markets his skills as a reader
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In this second round of awards, Samir and Yonatan, by Daniella Carmi (Scholastic, 2000 [English edition]) was the winner in the literature category. Translated from Hebrew, this story is told in the first-person by Samir, a Palestinian boy who finds himself awaiting surgery in an Israeli hospital. The relationships that develop between Samir and some
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Habibi, the award winning book for older readers by Naomi Shihab Nye (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1997) is the story of 14-year old Liyana, who moved from Missouri to her father’s hometown of Jerusalem. At first it is a most unwelcome change for this American teenager and her family. Gradually, through new friends and
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